Great Egret, Ardea alba: Saint Augustine Alligator Farm
Saint Augustine, Florida
I photographed this Great Egret in the middle of its nuptial display. The aigrette plumes on the egret's back are raised as the egret displays for its mate standing on the nest just a few feet away. It was these beautiful aigrette plumes that almost caused the demise of this and other species of egrets and herons a hundred years ago.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 300mm 2.8, 1/800 second @ f8